Hasbro has patented a toy dart launcher with a simple design for easy assembly, featuring an outer body, trigger, air cylinder, piston apparatus, plunger rod, and sealing ring. The launcher is cost-effective yet robust, making it an ideal toy for children. GlobalData’s report on Hasbro gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Hasbro, was a key innovation area identified from patents. Hasbro's grant share as of February 2024 was 69%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Toy launcher with integral parts for quick assembly

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Hasbro Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11913751B2) discloses a toy launcher with a unique design featuring an outer body, a trigger with a finger pad portion and integral arm latch, an air cylinder, and a piston apparatus with a single molded tubular structure. The piston apparatus includes a spring, connector component, and sealing ring portion forming the only air seal within the air cylinder. The trigger engages with the integral arm latch of the piston apparatus when cocked, providing a secure mechanism for launching the toy.

Furthermore, the patent details various configurations and components of the toy launcher, such as shafts defining a pivot axis for the trigger, a resilient portion extending towards the outer body, and snap-fit connections between the trigger and outer body. The piston apparatus includes features like flexible tabs for interlocking with a plunger rod, a recess and ledge for engaging the trigger latch, and a cylinder cap with an opening for the plunger rod. Additionally, a method for assembling the toy launcher is outlined, involving the placement of components like the trigger, air cylinder, piston, and sealing ring to ensure proper functioning of the launcher. The method emphasizes the interaction between the trigger and piston apparatus for effective launching of the toy.

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